12 April 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A woman in the Clones area who found a flock of sheep abandoned on her land in recent weeks has contacted the Northern Standard to express her frustration at the lack of assistance she is receiving from the relevant authorities.

An official in the Department of Agriculture accepted that it looked as if the authorities were washing their hands of the situation facing Miriam Sherry, of Munnilly, Clones — but said if the owner could not be traced, the animals may have to be removed at her expense.

Ms Sherry believes that the flock of between 35 – 40 sheep were dumped around midnight on 18th March. The following night a number of them had mysteriously disappeared leaving approximately 11 remaining including a few lambs.

One of the sheep has since died and its body remains in the field yards away from the nearby Finn river.

Ms Sherry leases out the field the sheep are in from May to November every year and fears that the abandoned animals will cause difficulty with the lease agreement.

“These sheep are not being looked after and I feel like I am being passed around by everybody I rang,” she said.

Veterinary Inspector from the Department of Agriculture’s Cavan office John Keane told the Northern Standard that …

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